October 28, 2015

Review: Alive by Scott Sigler


Alive
Scott Sigler
368 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Del Rey
Young Adult | Science Fiction | Dystopia | Thriller | Mystery
Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads
4.5/5 stars

From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

October 22, 2015

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door 
Huntley Fitzpatrick
394 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Dial Books For Young Readers
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Purchased
Goodreads | Amazon
5/5 Stars
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

October 21, 2015

Hiatus Time!

I was really hoping I wouldn't have to do this but sadly I do. I really don't have much to say here other than that I have absolutely no time to read let alone blog so theres literally no choice but for me to go on a hiatus. 
Sooo basically last year I was in 9th grade and in all honors and advanced classes and I did competition dance and track and I never had to study for my tests because everything was just so easy for me and I didn't have much homework. I had tons of free time to do whatever I wanted, even with my activities and workload. WELL, this year I'm in 10th grade, and its an entirely different story. I am in all honors and advanced classes and I'm now in science research. My school district has one of the most rigorous Science Research programs in our county so that class alone is so much work. All my other classes this year are not exactly hard but they require lots of homework and studying. On top of that I do two programs to work with the Special ed kids at my school which take place after school. On top of that I have dance for about 3 hours every night. Then I peer respond which requires me giving up my lunch period to help younger kids who are struggling in school. FINALLY, I have to get over 8 hours of sleep every night because I have a headache condition. SO, learning how to balance this all out has been extremely, extremely hard. There is not one second in my schedule that leaves room for me to blog. The only time I can check Twitter is as I walk from class to class. Thats about all the contact I've had with the book world lately. So yeah, thats whats going on. 
It's just way too much for me to try and balance all of that with blogging and reading. (Which I miss so much :() That is why I'll be taking this hiatus. I'll probably be gone until I have a school holiday.
I will still be blogging on Her Book Thoughts though!
If anyone wants to keep up with me when I'm gone, find me on insta, twitter, and TUMBLR! I love all my amazing followers (even though there aren't alot of you!) and thanks so much for reading!  

October 19, 2015

Review: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test
Courtney Summers
336 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Young Adult | Zombies
Purchased
Goodreads | Amazon
5/5 Stars
It's the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won't stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn't sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she's failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she's forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group's fate is determined less and less by what's happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life--and death--inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

October 14, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Wink Poppy Midnight

Wink Poppy Midnight
by April Genevieve Tucholke
Expected publication: March 22nd 2016 by Dial Books
The intrigue of The Virgin Suicides and the "supernatural or not" question of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime.

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

For fans of Holly Black, We Were Liars, and The Raven Boys, this mysterious tale full of intrigue, dread, beauty, and a whiff of something strange will leave you utterly entranced.

The cover. The synopsis. Everything. I need this book in my life, like now. March 2016 COME QUICKLY PLEASE.

Whats everyone waiting on this week!? Let me know and link me to your posts!

October 9, 2015

Review: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Morgan Matson
344 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance | Road Trip
Gift from the amazing Brynn's Bookshelf
Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
5/5 Stars
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

My Thoughts

AWWW.

(I apologize for the pretty bad mini synopsis I’m about to give) After the accident where her father died Amy cut off everyone, literally everyone. She has no close friends anymore or people who try to coax her out of her state of sadness and silence. Now her family is moving across the country, from California to Connecticut, and her mom is making Amy take their car. Amy refuses to drive after the accident, so an old family friend, Roger, joins Amy to drive the car across the country because he’s going to visit his dad in Philadelphia. On their way to Connecticut they decide to deviate from the route and reservations Amy’s mom has planned for them and make a pretty epic detour. (See what I did there ;)

Amy’s mom actually really annoyed me. She seemed so harsh and not at all willing to try and understand her daughter or cut her some slack. This was about the 3rd book in a row I read with a bad parent, so I was getting a tad pissed off with all the mean parents. Seeing parents who shut out their kid after a life altering loss is so sad and frustrating to read. I wanted to jump into this book and shake some sense into Amy’s mom.

Amy’s dad was amazing. I loved the way the story flashed back for full chapters, and never revealed what happened in the accident until the very end. Getting to know Amy’s dad, and what a great guy he was, and how much he meant to Amy, in all the chapters where he was alive made the book so much more heartbreaking to read.

Now onto Amy and Roger! I felt horribly bad for Amy but seeing her take the first steps in her healing process after the accident during the road trip was so nice.Amy and Rogers epic detour!! Matson does such a good job at potraying the suffering and silent hurt and pain that amy is going through after her fathers death (I feel like when I’ve read books where a family member passes away the character doesn't start to heal until the very end.)  One of my favorite scenes of the book was when Amy and Roger stopped at Rogers college and Amy met Rogers friends. Rogers friends were so genuinely nice. Roger was also a genuinely nice guy, but that's really all he was. Just another typical, cute, sweet guy. I had nothing against him though.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and now I'm longing to go on a roadtrip! If you've read this I'd love to know what you thought! Or if you have a review for it I would love to read it!

October 6, 2015

Do I Sound Stupid? Discussion posts and reviews.

Have you ever stopped yourself from writing a post because you didn’t think it was good enough?

I have stopped myself from writing certain discussion posts because I thought people might find them stupid. But the more I reflected on this the more I felt I had to write a discussion post about my reluctance to write discussion posts.

I’m not the most creative person (or the most confident, for that matter), and there are so many people in the book community who are extremely creative, with graphics, fanart, blog titles, blog posts, review styles, features, and so much more. Therefore, when I come up with ideas for my own discussion posts I can't help but compare how bland they might seem in comparison to others who are writing about thought provoking topics, such as diversity.

This has kept me from publishing, and even writing, some of the posts I’ve thought up. The more I think about this, the more I realize I’m the only one holding myself back. I’m not going to do that anymore. SO WHAT if my discussion posts aren't the most eloquent or I’m not talking about the hottest or most controversial topics. I’m here because I love books and I want to talk about them. It’s okay if I do a feature called Bookish Food where its only purpose is to post pictures of food. I like food! I want to post pictures of food featured in books! I’m aware its not the most exciting or captivating feature but I enjoy it, so I’ll keep doing it. I know my reviews aren't the best and can sound very awkward, but I'm working on it! I hope one day my reviews will sound much more eloquent. It's not like anyone is giving me negative feedback, I'm the only person who's made myself feel like my posts are bad.

This also brings up the topic of truly sounding stupid. There is a line between pointless, fun posts and stupidity and ignorance. That is a line that people have crossed. Remember that YA READERS WANT THREESOMES! THREESOMES ARE IN ALMOST ALL YA NOVELS THESE DAYS! article? Yeah. That, in my opinion, crosses the line into stupidity and ignorance.

Have you ever stopped yourself from writing a post because you didn’t think it was good enough? How do you make your book reviews flow? What's the best way to get your writing to sound more eloquent? Help me out! 

October 3, 2015

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin’s Blade
Sarah J. Maas
448 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
5/5 Stars
Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
"My name is Celeana Sardothien" she whispered. "And I will not be afraid.”

The Assassin’s Blade is composed of 5 prequel novellas to Throne of Glass that follow the later part of Caeleana’s life as an assassin.

Celaena Sardothien is more then just an (excuse my language) badass bitch, she is a strong, fearless, smart, innovative, talented, amazing female character. And I will continue to gush about her forever. Moreover, we get to meet the magnificently crafted characters of Sam, Ansel, and Arobynn.

For me, the novellas also enhanced the series. Since we got to know more about Celaena’s backstory I felt like I could understand her more. Plus, we got to know Sam (can you hear me crying) and learn more about Celeana and Sam’s relationship which I totally ate up.

Complete with amazing characters, fabulous writing and a great plot I recommend this to all Throne of Glass fans if you haven't read it already! And if you haven't read Throne of Glass yet I urge you to read those first and then this.

October 1, 2015

WHEN I'M NOT LAZY - The BBCP

So, a while back I joined this really awesome program called the Book Blogger Creativity Program founded by Nori! Basically, you get put into a group and then you come up with a feature for your blogs!
My team is the fabulous Team Lilac and we have comprised a bucket lists of sorts and called our feature "When We Aren't Lazy" (For me, this is more like WHEN IM NOT SWAMPED WITH 3 HOURS OF SCHOOL WORK AND DANCE EVERY NIGHT, but you get the point. ;)
The objective of this project is to create an ultimate bucket list - which has been created and compiled by all of the team members, which will motivate us all to blog more efficiently and achieve our blogging goals

Bloggers in the team can set their own variations and limits to the list. As we complete each task, we strike it off from their list, we'll be discussing and sharing our progress throughout the month of October! We’ve also planned to help each other in the best possible way - by sharing tips and working together. The goal is to obtain our blogging resolutions while keeping it fun!


1) Cross Post all reviews ( GR, Amazon)
This is the one thing on the list I've actually been pretty good with over the summer. I gotta keep all the sites updated!!
2) Get ahead on posts
I was ahead on posts but then I decided, hm, I'm not really feelin' this and I reverted them all to drafts and haven't had time to go back and change and revise what I want to.
3) Blog hop weekly
This is so hard for me. I literally have 40 minutes to myself per night and those minutes are spent eating dinner and showering. I have no time on the weekends because of dance and school work so THIS IS GOING TO BE REALLY DIFFUCULT FOR ME. I am honestly so sad I haven't had time to blog hop in a while because I love commenting on and reading my friends and other peoples posts. :(
4) Use more photography in posts
HAH, My photography sucks. Like S U C K S really badly, but I'm trying to improve it. I long to have beautiful pictures to go with my posts.
5) ALWAYS double-check and triple-check posts for spelling and grammar
6) Bring up my NetGalley Ratio
Um...my NG ratio is at about 50% right now...so I've clearly got some work to do.
7)Make new friends & interact more
THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME. I am like a socially inept person. So,  I have a solid group of friends and all but I am the worst at reaching out to people and am a pretty awkward conversationalist. I'm much better with long conversations with people I know well. ONCE YOU GET TO KNOW ME I CAN HOLD A CONVERSATION AND SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINK IM FUNNY SOOOO!!!
8)Engage more in twitter
I TRY I REALLY DO TRY TO DO THIS. This is an easy area for me because on the morning bus ride or in between classes I can quickly check twitter and just like reply to tweets and stuff so I guess I hope to build on that.
9)Reply and comment back to all comments
Back to my crazy time constraints! I just haven't had time. So TO ANYONE WHO HAS COMMENTED RECENTLY, I AM SO SORRY. I LOVE YOU I WILL COMMENT BACK SOON LOL.
10) Try to manage time between blogging, reading, school and life efficiently
#PRAYFORSAM. Yeah, um chances of this happening are like 0 TO NONE BUT WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES. I dance 3-4 hours every night except Wednesday and then on Saturdays I dance for 6 hours. By the end of my Saturdays I am so tired I usually just eat and lie in bed. Sundays are a day reserved strictly for homework. Also, 3 days a week I work after school with the special need kids for about 2 hours. Basically, I come home after that, shove food down my throat, do as much work and studying as possible, run to dance, do homework in the car, and then come home and go to sleep. I have to get to bed before 10 every night because I have a headache condition so theres that too!! I honestly don't know how I can make things easier for myself.
11) Host a guest writer on my blog
This is something I have yet to do but REALLY WANT TO!! So lets hope I can cross this one off soon!
11) Do more bookish challenges
YESSS. I love those things. Also, can someone please make some kind of Pynch book challenge/tag thing because that is something I need in my life thank you.

SO, THATS IT. I THINK THIS IS MOST LIKELY MY MOST GRAMATICALLY INCORRECT POST EVER AND I AM SORRY FOR THAT AND I AM ALSO SO SORRY THIS IS MY 2ND POST OF THE DAY UUUUGH. ANYWAYS, THATS ALL!!!

Don't forget to go check out the other beautiful people involved in this project
Claudia  Emily ♥ Leigh Mishma  Nori  Pamela ♥ Rhea ♥ Wren

My Favorite Quotes from This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup



This Ordinary Life
Jennifer Walkup
Publisher: Luminis Books, Inc.
Release Date: October 1st 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Rate: 4/5 Stars
Sometimes Hope is the Most Extraordinary Gift of All.

High-school radio host Jasmine Torres's life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around. 

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future. 

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her. 

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health--not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

Favorite Quotes
"No way. I can't. I'm worth more than he gave me"

"Round and round my thoughts go, but they lead me no where."

"Sitting back in my seat, I tip my head back and close my eyes, leaving my hand in his."

"This is DJ Jasmine Torres, signing off. Have a good day, listeners. I know I will."



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